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15 Things I Want My Son to Understand Before He Becomes A Teenager

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15 Things I Want My Son to Understand Before He Becomes A Teenager

Do you have a son? Watching your son grow from a boy to a teenager can be both beautiful and confusing for the parents and the son.

Check out these 15 things I want my son to understand before he becomes a teenager.

1. Fake It Until You Make It

Sometimes you many not feel very confident, but know that you are capable, talented and intelligent. Sometimes you will have to fake confidence, but if you believe in yourself you will realize you are worthy of respect and that you deserve to be confident.

2. Always Try To Be Nice

If you live by one rule, choose this one. Always try to be nice and your life will be more pleasant and easier because of this. Use your manners, offer to hold doors open for others, and be respectful towards everyone you meet.

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Don’t be a bully – hurting and intimidating others will get you nowhere in life. And it won’t go well for you if I ever discover you have behaved like a bully!

3. Understand The Importance Of Trust

Be willing to trust everyone you meet – but do not trust anyone blindly. People have to earn your trust, and many people will deserve your trust. Be thankful, and appreciate everyone in your life that you can trust.

4. Learn How To Be Independent Around The House

Cooking, cleaning and doing the laundry – these are life skills that you will use every day. It may seem like a boring waste of time now, but when you get older you will be extremely glad that you don’t smell bad and that you can feed yourself.

You will feel good about yourself for being self-reliant – and it will be much easier for you to get a date.

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5. Do Not Be Ruled By Negative Emotions

It is simple; fear and bitterness can ruin your life and make you very unhappy. Learn forgiveness, and how to let go for a much happier life.

6. Be Funny, But Don’t Be Mean

It is a lot of fun cracking jokes and being witty with your friends and family, but try to think before you make a joke. Will it offend, embarrass or upset someone? If it does, it isn’t a joke – and you could lose a friend. Would it be worth it?

7. Enjoy Me-Time

When life gets hectic and you feel overwhelmed, spend a few hours alone. Play on the Xbox or go for a walk – it will help you relax, and the peace and calm can also help to solve many of your problems.

8. Don’t Be Afraid To Tell Me If You Make Mistakes

Even the best humans make mistakes. We all do, and if you ever make a bad mistake, know you can always tell me. Even if it seems like the worst thing in the world, I promise to try and help you.

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And if you really can’t tell me, tell someone else who you trust.

9. Decide What Matters To You

Decide what matters the most to you in life, and then live by it. Whether it is a career, your family or simply following happiness, stick to it and you are likely to live a good life.

10. Explore Everything

Explore the whole world, and if you don’t like the idea of that, explore the town where you live. Broaden your horizons and see new things. These things will broaden your mind and make you a more insightful person. I will always be waiting at home for you.

11. Treasure Your Family And Friends

Hold the people you love dearly close to your heart. When times are hard they will help carry your burdens, and when times are good they will join you to celebrate your successes.

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12. Trust And Respect Are The Most Important Parts Of Sex

You may worry that everyone is having sex with everyone, but this is not simply not true. Don’t worry about if you’re having sex, or how many people you’ve slept with – sex is a beautiful thing and when it happens, it happens.

If someone is kind enough to let you have sex with them, wear protection and treat them with the respect they deserve. Never forget that no means no.

13. Feelings Are Not Permanent

No matter how happy you are, you will be sad again. Remember this and try to throw yourself into every great moment.

No matter how sad you are, you will be happy again. No feelings are permanent, but if you are going through a very hard time, get help.

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14. Choose Your Own Path

Don’t try to follow the crowd. Put a lot of thought into what makes you happy and what you want to spend your life doing. Remember that hard work, sticking at it and a good attitude will help you to achieve anything you want in life.

15. Stand Up For Your Beliefs

Your beliefs help to shape you as a person. If you see something that you know is wrong, speak out. Be strong and brave even if it feels hard, because you will be proud of yourself later.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2021

The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

  1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
  2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
  3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
  4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
  5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

Now on to the checklist!

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Here is how your checklist should look

1. CAMPSITE GEAR

  • Tent, poles, stakes
  • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
  • Extra tarp or canopy
  • Sleeping bag for each camper
  • Sleeping pad for each camper
  • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Chairs
  • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
  • Lantern
  • Lantern fuel or batteries

2.  KITCHEN

  • Stove
  • Fuel for stove
  • Matches or lighter
  • Pot
  • French press or portable coffee maker
  • Corkscrew
  • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
  • Food-storage containers
  • Trash bags
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Water bottles
  • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
  • Cups, mugs
  • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Foil
  • soap
  • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
  • Paper towels
  • Extra bin for washing dishes

3. CLOTHES

  • Clothes for daytime
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuits
  • Rainwear
  • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
  • Extra layers for warmth
  • Gloves
  • Hats

4. PERSONAL ITEMS

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Toothbrush, toiletries
  • Soap

5. OTHER ITEMS

  • Camera
  • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
  • Maps, area information

This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

Featured photo credit: Scott Goodwill via unsplash.com

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